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Inhaltsangabe: ?You had yourself often told me,? Oscar Wilde wrote to Lord Alfred Douglas, ?how many of your race there had been who had stained their hands in their own blood; your uncle certainly, your grandfather possibly; many others in the mad, bad line from which you come.? Wilde?s tragic involvement with Lord Alfred Douglas?s family led him to believe anything he was told about the ?mad, bad line.? The truth was even stranger than he imagined.
That Lord Alfred?s grandfather, the 7th Marquess of Queensberry, committed suicide is more than a possibility. His eldest son, the 8th Marquess, was that noted eccentric famous for giving his name to the rules of boxing and for his persecution of Oscar Wilde. He had other claims to notoriety. His agnosticism resulted in his expulsion from the House of Lords; he quarrelled violently with all his sons, the eldest of whom was found dead in suspicious circumstances.
His part in the Wilde affair is well-known, but this book throws new light on the trials. It reveals, among other things, that when Lord Queensberry supposedly forced Wilde to prosecute him ? by leaving a libellous visiting card ? Wilde had already instructed his solicitors to take legal action. It also explores Lord Rosebery?s role in the cause célèbre. There is, in addition, the curious story of the arrest in America, while the Wilde trials were proceeding, of Lord Queensberry?s youngest son.
Nor was the 8th Marquess the only eccentric in the Douglas family. His mother shocked London society by supporting the Fenians; one of his brothers was killed in the first ascent of the Matterhorn; another brother cut his throat in a London hotel. The Marquess?s eldest sister created a scandal by marrying a baker?s boy, twenty years her junior, and his youngest sister, Lady Florence Dixie ? author, explorer, ardent feminist and champion of the Zulus ? was, in her day, almost as controversial as Marquess himself.
Based on much original research, Brian Roberts? immensely readable book examines this extraordinary family more fully than ever before, previous studies of the Queensberrys having been mainly concerned with the various Marquesses? sporting activities.
Über den Autor: Brian Roberts, a distinguished historian and biographer, is an acknowledged expert on African history. His books include The Zulu Kings, The Diamond Magnates, Churchills in Africa, and Cecil Rhodes and the Princess.
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Buchbeschreibung Hamilton, 1981. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Very little shelf wear, with some very gentle creases to edges of plastic covered dust jacket. Contents clean. Appears unread. Book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 015881-4
Buchbeschreibung Hamish Hamilton, GB, 1981. Hardback. Buchzustand: VG+. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: VG+ DW. 1st Edition. Book and dustwrapper/dustjacket are in very good plus condition with very minor signs of wear and/or age. Buchnummer des Verkäufers kb286.690
Buchbeschreibung Hamilton Hamilton, London England, 1981. Cloth. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. First Edition. Hardcover The mad bad line: The family of Lord Alfred Douglas.A nice copy. Illustrated with Black and White plates. x, 319 pages Lord Alfred Douglas' eccentric and fascinating family history, which Oscar Wilde referred to as the "mad, bad line". Also throws new light on the Oscar Wilde trials. Based on considerable original research, an immensely readable look at the extraordinary Queensberry family; includes dustjacket (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions, Reference books ,and all types of Academic Literature.) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall Octavo. Hardback. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 097947
Buchbeschreibung Hamish Hamilton, 1981., 1981. 1st edition. 8vo. [xi] + 319pp. B/w. illustrations. Original boards, in slightly rubbed d/w. ISBN 0241106370 US$26. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 133005
Buchbeschreibung H. Hamilton, London, 1981. Cloth. Buchzustand: Fair. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good. First Edition. 0241106370 8vo - over 7ï¿½" - 9ï¿½" tall Scarce, well read, much enjoyed library copy. Light stains to pp50/55, Foredge well used. Binding firm within blue cloth, hinge visible at ffep. Dw. unclipped. well protected by plastic. G. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GS9148
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Buchbeschreibung H. Hamilton, 1981. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0241106370